Saturday 22 July 2017

John Cooney: Pope transforms his image to become a 'holy grandad'

John Cooney

With pilgrims outstripping protesters, Benedict pulled off mission impossible. He buried his 'Nazi Pope' image. He showed that large swathes of Britain do not belong to 'Dawkinsland'

AN immediate question arising from Pope Benedict XVI's surprise successes in England and Scotland is directly related to Ireland and the public level of support still held by the crisis-mired Irish Catholic Church.

If Pope Benedict visits this country in summer 2012 -- a short 21 months away -- will he similarly woo Irish Catholics alienated from Rome's cover-ups of clerical child abuse scandals?

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